NEWS
02/10/2012 09:23 EST | Updated 04/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Montreal Impact draw Portland Timbers 0-0 in MLS pre-season exhibition

CARSON, Calif. - The Montreal Impact tied the Portland Timbers 0-0 on Friday in the second of three pre-season matchups against Major League Soccer clubs.

Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi had the Impact's first scoring chance in the fourth minute, firing a shot that hit off the crossbar.

"We really picked up from our last game against Houston," said Nyassi. "We made sure that we were compact defensively and moved up well as a unit. It was unfortunate that we weren't able to finish our chances."

Nyassi then forced Timbers goalkeeper Joe Bendik into a good save in the 41st minute, and volleyed another opportunity just over the net in the 44th minute.

Nyassi also set up forward Eduardo Sebrango — on trial with the team — with a through ball in the 10th minute, but Sebrango's shot missed wide right.

"We really picked up from our last game against Houston," said Nyassi. "We made sure that we were compact defensively and moved up well as a unit. It was unfortunate that we weren't able to finish our chances."

Brazilian midfielder Felipe had a chance at goal in the 39th minute, but his shot missed to the right of the Timbers goal.

Montreal's Sinisa Ubiparipovic curled a free kick into the box in the 78th minute. Forward Evan James redirected the ball just over the net.

"I found that we matched them physically," said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. "We even set the tone, and there were some good moments soccer-wise.

"If we can keep doing that, then we feel like the good plays will come out."

After the game, the Impact played a 45-minute game against the third division L.A. Blues of the USL Pro league, which also ended in a 0-0 draw.